Gomez scratched as precaution

Gomez scratched from lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Twins center fielder Carlos Gomez was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to residual soreness in his left leg.

Gomez suffered a left hamstring cramp in the fifth inning of the Twins' game against the Rays on Wednesday. After Wednesday's game, he said he would be ready to play Thursday and convinced manager Ron Gardenhire to allow him to make the trip to face the Reds.

The center fielder took part in Thursday's batting practice and wanted to play in the games, but he told the coaching staff there was still a little soreness in the leg. Rather than take a risk with Gomez, the decision was made to give him the day off. Minor Leaguer Brandon Roberts took Gomez's place in center.

"In the season, I [would] play," Gomez said. "Right now, we just want to be safe."

Gardenhire said that the team will see how Gomez is feeling Friday before deciding whether he will play in either of the team's two final spring games.

"We'll see how he does and maybe play him [Friday] or the next day," Gardenhire said. "If he's got soreness in there right now, it's silly to run him out right now -- just silly."

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.